CenturyLink Foundation awards $1.4 million in technology grants across 34 states (PRNewswire)

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To enhance educational opportunities across the country, CenturyLink, Inc.(NYSE: CTL) is awarding $1.4 million to fund more than 330 projects as part of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s 2017-2018 Teachers and Technology grant program. Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8238353-centurylink-stem-teachers-technology-grants/ The Teachers and Technology program, which has awarded nearly $11 million since its inception, awards grants of up to $5,000 per project to schools in CenturyLink’s local service …


WVU and Mylan to promote STEM skills (Martinsburg Journal)

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West Virginia University and pharmaceutical company Mylan are joining hands to develop a STEM program for the state’s schoolchildren that both demystifies those fields and exposes them to a wide range of career opportunities. To be supported by a $5 million donation by Mylan, the 12-year partnership will also reinforce that STEM skills are fundamental for solving everyday challenges, from …


Carbonite Charitable Fund Awards Grants to Six STEM Organizations (Globe Newswire)

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Today, Carbonite, Inc. (NASDAQ:CARB) a global leader in data protection, announced that the Carbonite Charitable Fund awarded grants to six U.S. organizations to enhance educational programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Carbonite’s initial investments will help bolster the grantees’ STEM programs and further the Carbonite Charitable Fund’s mission to equip students with the skills needed to excel in technology careers. “Our …


New AWIS Report Uses Data To Drive Diversity In STEM Fields (Forbes)

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Corporate boardrooms in the worlds of finance and law have made strides in recent years in terms of opening their doors to women and people of color. Yet, as we have seen recently in the news, Silicon Valley and other STEM-related fields like biotechnology remain largely boy’s clubs.  A new report released by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) called “Revolutionizing …


National Urban League Annual Report Highlights STEM Gap, Student Debt (Diverse Education)

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What issues are most critical to Black scholarship in 2018? The question may seem subjective, but researchers at the National Urban League have  found the answers to such complex questions. The venerable civil rights nonprofit has released its annual assessment of the socio-economic fitness titled,“Save Our Cities: Powering the Digital Revolution.” This year’s “State of Black America” report, based on …


William & Mary gets $1.2M to recruit students to become STEM teachers (Newport News Daily Press)

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High-need school districts in Hampton Roads could see a boost in STEM teachers after nearly $1.2 million in federal funds was awarded to the College of William & Mary to recruit and train students as mathematics and science educators. The grant from the National Science Foundation was awarded to the college’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program and allocated over five years …


BCTC officially opens the Science Education Center on Newtown Campus (WTVQ)

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The Science Education Center is finally open on the Newton Campus of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC). The community, students, staff, and faculty celebrated the much anticipated opening on Monday with an open house and ribbon cutting. The Bluegrass Community & Technical College Science Education Center (SEC) is a 64,000 square foot facility and home to the biotechnology and …



Alarm bells should be going off in Canada’s STEM industry (Quartz)

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As Quartz has noted before, Canada has a lot to offer, whether to Canadians, who are enjoying a widespread increase in household wealth while shrinking the gap between rich and poor, or to Indian techies, who are increasingly looking to Canada as the US tightens restrictions on work visas. We weren’t wrong when we declared that the “American” dream is …


Career readiness is a concern for parents and employers (Working Nation)

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The United States labor market is running at full steam, so much so that a record 6.6 million job openings have matched the number of unemployed Americans seeking work. This disconnect can be attributed to a lack of communication about skills development and career pathways, according to a recently-released report from the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED). Compiling …


This Mission-Driven Business Help Millions Of Students Learn STEM Skills (Forbes)

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Vince Bertram, 50, CEO of Project Lead the Way, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides STEM education, curriculum and training to schools, districts and teachers for millions of students across the country, says operating as a mission-driven business is key to having impact. With $73.2 million in 2017 revenue and programs in 10,500 schools in all 50 states, Project Lead the Way—PLTW—serves …


Carnegie Mellon offers new artificial intelligence major (Washington Post)

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Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh will offer the nation’s first undergraduate degree program in artificial intelligence. Officials with the school announced Thursday the new major will be available to students enrolled in the School of Computer Science starting in the fall. Many American universities offer an artificial intelligence track within degree programs like Computer Science and Computer Engineering. But Carnegie …


Fewer STEM Courses in Minority-Majority High Schools (THE Journal)

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights recently issued an update on who’s taking STEM courses in schools. One big finding: High schools with high black and Latinx student enrollment (those above 75 percent) offered math and science courses at a lower rate than the overall population of high schools. The difference was greatest, the report noted, for …


‘Physics First’ increasing Camden students interest in STEM (Tap Into Camden)

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Since the shift three years ago to have all Camden City School District [CCSD] freshman take physics and algebra, the district’s “Physics First” science curriculum is starting to make some headway. Janel Edwards, senior lead educator of science and math for the CCSD, said when the district decided to shift its science curriculum three years ago, just 10 percent of …


FIRST Robotics Championship Boosts Diversity (U.S. News & World Report)

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HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR Michael Okrah wants to study engineering, a choice that he credits to the FIRST Robotics Championship, recently held in Detroit and Houston. “When I first came (to Frederick Douglass Academy), I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do,” Okrah says. “Experiencing knowledge through robotics and the mentorship we’ve had has inspired me to study engineering.” For Inspiration …


Meridian Technology Center pre-engineering program preparing students for college coursework (The Oklahoman)

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Courtney Andrews completed her freshman year in college while in high school and prepared for her challenging field of study through the advanced engineering program at Meridian Technology Center. Last fall, Andrews entered Oklahoma State University as a first-year sophomore and found herself tutoring other students who had breezed through high school without having to struggle to make A’s. “And …


Girl Subject? No Such Thing: Techbridge Girls believes in the power of creating a space where students feel like they belong (Scientific American)

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Nikole’s teachers probably thought they were being helpful. In telling her that she wasn’t “good at” science and math, they likely meant to encourage her interest in other areas rather than specifically discourage her interest in those. Like many girls, Nikole took her the words of her teachers as evidence that she should move on. Nikole is now Nikole Collins-Puri, …


Student learns about STEM advocacy, policy on trip to D.C. (NIU)

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It was a semester of firsts for NIU student Jordan Brown–his first time on a plane, his first trip to Washington, D.C., and his first real experience networking with congressional leaders to learn about science policy. Renique Kersh, associate vice provost for Engaged Learning, chose Brown to represent NIU at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Catalyzing Advocacy in …


Senate is forcing a vote to restore net neutrality, backed by Reddit, Mozilla and other tech companies (GeekWire)

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Senate Democrats filed a petition that would force a vote to overturn the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality regulations Wednesday. What comes next is a Senate vote on a Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress the power to overturn regulatory decisions taken by federal agencies with a simple majority in both chambers. If the CRA passes in the Senate, it …


Job hunting service Glassdoor sold to Japan’s Recruit for $1.2 billion (TechCrunch)

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U.S. job hunting service Glassdoor,  which is best known for providing insight into company working cultures, has been acquired for $1.2 billion in cash by Recruit,  a $39 billion Japanese corporate that specializes in HR and recruitment services. The all-cash acquisition will see Glassdoor continue to maintain its brand, CEO Robert Hohman explained in a blog post. “Our mission has been the same since day one: to help …